The Berghof Foundation and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) hosted a November 25 panel discussion on how peace education and peace research should react to current global challenges.
Knowledge for a complex world
Rethinking the roles of peace research and peace education
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Climate change, the global pandemic, and protracted violent conflicts stress the need to rethink the ways of providing peace and security. While politicians are asked to react to these complex challenges, there is a great necessity to critically evaluate knowledge production and dissemination on conflict-related topics: What is the role of peace education and peace research for politics and society? How can we adapt established ways of teaching and learning peace? And how can peace and security research contribute to a better understanding of the root causes of conflict and identify ways towards more peaceful societies?
In this online panel discussion, peace education experts and peace researchers held a dialogue on how both disciplines can find joint ways to cope with these new challenges. While using different methods, both peace education and peace research share a common interest: They work to develop ways to address conflicts and insecurities. This event will focus on strategies to bridge the often-observed gap between scholarly analysis and real-world practice. At a time when challenges to peace and security are becoming increasingly complex and entangled, this seems an ever more pressing necessity.
- Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation
- Ursula Schröder, Director and Head of the Research Area European Peace and Security Orders, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
- Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Professor at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
- Norbert Frieters-Reermann, Professor for Education Science, Catholic University, Aachen
- Tony Jenkins, Managing Director of the International Institute on Peace Education and Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education
- Elvira Rosert, Junior Professor, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
- Uli Jäger, Head of Department Global Learning for Conflict Transformation, Berghof Foundation
- Holger Niemann, Advisor to the Director, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)
Reflection: Anne Kruck, Advisor Global Learning for Conflict Transformation, Berghof Foundation